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NCCC President William J. Murabito

NCCC President Signs Three-Year Contract

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October 20, 2021

NCCC President William J. Murabito

NCCC President William J. Murabito

At the Board’s October meeting, Jason J. Cafarella, chairman of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, announced that NCCC President William J. Murabito signed a three-year contract to serve as college president until 2024.

“We are very pleased with the leadership of Dr. Murabito during these challenging times,” said Cafarella. “The new contract represents the Board’s unanimous and unwavering confidence in President Murabito and the trajectory of the college.”

Murabito was appointed president of NCCC in December 2019 after serving as interim president since September of 2017.  Murabito has held the role of Interim President at SUNY Cobleskill in 2002, Sullivan County Community College in 2011, and SUNY Morrisville in 2013, and as CEO/Officer-in-Charge at Rockland Community College in 2003.  Murabito has also held several positions at SUNY System Administration between 1983 and 2002.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to NCCC’s growth and prosperity as we enter into its 60th anniversary year,” said Murabito. “NCCC is a very special place.”

The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

At the Board’s October meeting, Jason J. Cafarella, chairman of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, announced that NCCC President William J. Murabito signed a three-year contract to serve as college president until 2024.

“We are very pleased with the leadership of Dr. Murabito during these challenging times,” said Cafarella. “The new contract represents the Board’s unanimous and unwavering confidence in President Murabito and the trajectory of the college.”

Murabito was appointed president of NCCC in December 2019 after serving as interim president since September of 2017.  Murabito has held the role of Interim President at SUNY Cobleskill in 2002, Sullivan County Community College in 2011, and SUNY Morrisville in 2013, and as CEO/Officer-in-Charge at Rockland Community College in 2003.  Murabito has also held several positions at SUNY System Administration between 1983 and 2002.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to NCCC’s growth and prosperity as we enter into its 60th anniversary year,” said Murabito. “NCCC is a very special place.”

The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

NCCC President William J. Murabito

NCCC President William J. Murabito


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Jason Cafarella

Cafarella elected as Chairperson of the NCCC Board of Trustees

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June 21, 2021

Newly elected NCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Jason Cafarella

Newly elected NCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Jason Cafarella

SANBORN, N.Y. – At the board meeting on June 15th, Jason Cafarella was elected as the chairperson of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, with Gina Virtuoso being elected as vice chairperson, Kevin Clark being elected as financial secretary and Bonnie Sloma retaining her position as secretary for another term.

Chairperson Cafarella will be replacing outgoing chairperson, Gina Virtuoso who was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009 by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  Virtuoso served as chairperson for one term, and received statewide recognition in 2019 for receiving the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service given by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT).   Cafarella will assume leadership of the board as COVID-19 restrictions ease, and more in-person classes and activities resume on campus.  The board will continue to make recruitment initiatives a priority and focus on several capital improvements on campus, including the renovation of a cafeteria, upgrades to athletic facilities and the creation of new welding facilities and an E-gaming center on campus.

Chairperson Cafarella previously served as financial secretary, and was appointed to the board in 2015 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  A lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, Cafarella is an alumnus of Niagara County Community College, graduating in 1998.  He went on to complete his education at SUNY at Buffalo Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2005.  Cafarella currently specializes in family and real estate law, and serves as primary counsel for the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and as a prosecutor for the Town of Niagara.  In addition, he is a full-time Fire Captain and has been employed by the Niagara Falls Fire Department since 2004.


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NCCC Board of Trustees Secretary Bonnie Sloma and Chairperson Gina Virtuoso

Virtuoso elected as Chairperson of the NCCC Board of Trustees

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July 7, 2020

At the board meeting on June 30th, Gina Virtuoso was elected as the chairperson of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, with William Ross being elected as vice-chairperson, Jason Cafarella being elected as financial secretary, and Bonnie Sloma retaining her position as secretary for another term.

Gina Virtuoso

Newly elected NCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Gina Virtuoso

Chairperson Virtuoso will be replacing outgoing chairperson, William Ross who was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2005 by the Niagara County Legislature.  Ross served as chairperson for two consecutive terms, and received statewide recognition in 2019, receiving the Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. Award for Trustee Leadership given by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT).   Virtuoso will begin leading the board at a challenging time, with the development of many new policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community throughout the continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic.  Additionally, student recruitment will become an even greater focus with hopes that more students will choose to stay local during these times of uncertainty.  NCCC has adapted coursework for remote learning and prepares to launch a hybrid plan of in-person and virtual learning options for students in the fall semester.

Chairperson Virtuoso previously served as vice-chairperson and was appointed to a 7-year term on the board in 2016 by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  She led the NCCC Middle States Accreditation Committee and served as co-chairperson of the Presidential Search Committee.  Virtuoso has been a strong advocate for capital projects at NCCC, including the opening of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute in 2012, and the Learning Commons in 2018. Virtuoso is retired from the Occidental Chemical Corporation, where she worked for 20 years, holding the position of Senior Corporate Accountant, as well as other accounting positions. In 2019 Virtuoso received the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT).


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